How to Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet

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Nothing really ruins a quiet, Sunday morning more than a fresh cup of coffee spilled on the carpet. It can happen in an instant. All it takes is a bump of the coffee table in just the right spot and boom, you’re left with an empty cup and a big brown stain on the carpet. You have to act fast when stains strike, as time isn’t always on your side. In pretty much every case, the faster you get to it, the better. This guide will help you find the fastest solution for learning how to get coffee stains out of carpet, so you can get back to your quiet Sunday morning – and with a fresh cup of coffee, of course.

Pretreat, Pretreat, Pretreat

In the spirit of acting fast, the first thing you should do when the spill happens is grab a cloth and one of our stain removal formulas. We recommend BISSELL Oxygen-based formulas for people wanting to know how to get coffee out of carpet. It’s because the oxygen molecules quickly “eat” the stain away, so much so that you can actually see the stain starting to disappear right before your eyes. If you don’t believe us, check out INSTAclean™ as it goes to work on a duvet cover stained with coffee. 

We also recommend Power Shot Oxy Spot and Stain for Carpet and Area Rugs and Oxy Stain Destroyer Pet for Carpet and Upholstery, which also starts working in just 30 seconds after contacting the stain. In an ideal world, you’d be able to deal with the stain right when it happens. But we know that’s not always the case, and that’s okay. And, even if you’re trying to figure out how to get coffee out of carpet that’s been left to set for a little while, these formulas will still work!

"Magic in a bottle... seriously the best stain remover I've ever tried. I sprayed it on a year old coffee stain and it took the stain out within 30 second[s]. I'm not even kidding. It's amazing."* - Nicole, 5-star review  

*Reviews from as of 5/1/19. Some reviewers may have received a free product in exchange for an honest review.


The Deeper the Clean, the Better

Coffee stains on the carpet, especially if they’ve sat a while, call for a deeper clean. We have upright carpet cleaners and portable carpet cleaners that can handle tough stains like coffee. Depending on the size of the stain, a portable carpet cleaner may be all you need, especially if the stain is small. We love using our Pet Stain Eraser™ to quickly remove stains like coffee. One of the great things about this machine is that you can store it with our special formula already in the tank, so you can literally grab it and clean. SpotBot® Pet Portable Carpet Cleaner is also great for quickly removing coffee stains. And because it offers automatic cleaning cycles, all you have to do is set the machine on the stain, press a button and walk away!

If you’re using one of these portable carpet cleaners, it’s important to have the right formula. We have lots of great options, but some are specific to the type of machine you use. We have several Oxygen-based portable carpet cleaning formulas you can choose from, like 2X® Pet Stain and Odor Formula and Professional Spot & Stain + Oxy Formula. And to give your machine a little extra boost, try Pet Oxy Boost Carpet Cleaning Formula Enhancer. The boost formula works in upright carpet cleaners, too, which we also recommend to remove coffee stains from carpet. ProHeat 2X® Revolution® Pet Pro Carpet Cleaner is one that is more than capable of removing coffee stains from carpet. It comes packed with stain removal features, including a CleanShot® Pretreater and a 2-in-1 Pet Upholstery Tool that works on wet and dry messes, meaning it can handle set-in coffee stains.

"I have actually already reviewed this but after using it to clean up a coffee spill on my cream colored bedroom carpet, I wanted to come back and post some before and after pictures. I am very happy with the results...Since getting this, we have adopted a puppy. It's come in handy for a few puppy messes as well as my own coffee spill this morning. I've attached some before and after photos. I would recommend this product!"* - JoMarie180, 5-star review



As you can see, we have many great solutions for those curious minds wondering how to remove coffee stain from carpet. And there’s really no wrong choice, considering all of them help you deal with the stain quickly. So, no matter how you decide to remove the coffee stain on your carpet, you can get back to that relaxing Sunday morning – just maybe this time you’ll want to consider a coffee mug with a lid… just to be safe.

*Reviews from as of 5/1/19. Some reviewers may have received a free product in exchange for an honest review.